on "newsmakers," iu arenions like the sei looking for. >> one of the major effects of hurricane sandy was on telecommunications. that is our topic this week on "the communicators. christopher guttman-mccabe, what was overall the effect of sandy on your member organizations? >> if you do not mind, i would like to take a half step back and provide a little perspective on this storm and ultimately the impact it had. if you listen to mayor bloomberg, who said that the damage was unprecedented, that maybe the worst damage the city has ever faced, and the tidal surge, which was 14 feet -- governor christie said that the damage to new jersey was unthinkable. we had massive flooding. if you look at the snow and the shutdown of the stock exchange and flooding in the subway, you get a sense of the massive scale and scope of this storm. yet the networks performed. i have read dozens of stories in the last couple weeks about how for many consumers, their only link to information or to people was through their smartphones. while there was an impact on cell sites, the networks performed very well.